The recruitment process

Discover the straightforward path through the recruitment process at Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT! From applying to getting hired, we’ve simplified every step. Explore how your skills align with our vision and kickstart a rewarding career in education with us.

Once the closing date has lapsed for the vacancy, the application documents are forwarded to the recruiting manager for short-listing. The shortlisting panel do not have access at the time of shortlisting to your name, address, contact details, any sensitive information or equal opportunities monitoring information.

Short-listing is carried out by comparing the application to the key criteria listed on the Person Specification.  Applications are anonymised to avoid any bias during the selection process.

The strongest application forms from candidates who have demonstrated that they meet the requirements of the post are selected.  These candidates are then invited for interview.  The interview date will usually be published on the bottom of the advert.

Invitations to interview will be via the email address provided on your application form.

The invitation will include details of where the interview will take place and state which documents you must take along with you.  The online system will allow candidates to select a time for interview from a list.

Details of any additional selection methods will also be notified at this stage, for example testing or a presentation.  At the interview candidates will be asked questions that relate to the post as detailed in the Job Description and Person Specification.

Following the interview, and any other selection methods, the recruiting manager will contact the successful candidate to make an offer of employment.  The offer will be conditional until all pre-employment checks have been completed.

This will follow up by an offer letter sent via Signable, and an accompanying email detailing the steps to complete the pre-employment process.

At this stage unsuccessful candidates will be advised in writing, with feedback provided on request.

Pre-employment checks will take place which include:

  • Checking of references
  • Confirmation of qualifications/licences required.
  • Confirmation of eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Medical Clearance
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS check)
  • Teacher Services checks
  • Online checks

Once the pre-employment checks are complete, the candidate will be contacted to confirm the offer of employment and arrange a suitable starting date.

You will receive a Contract of Employment confirming your start date, and details of our Trust Induction and Welcome pack. Your school confirm your first day details and will complete an induction process.

For Teachers, the start date will normally the first day of term, unless covering a period of leave.